Initiatives

Punjab Fasal Bema Program

Overview

Crop insurance is the primary risk management tool that is used to financially support the farmers to compensate and recover from natural disasters. The objective of this program is to enhance the financial resilience of the farming community against the rapidly changing climatic conditions and its impact on the crops yield. The purpose is to provide crops yield protection. In case if the insured crop(s) yield is declined, due to any reason, beyond the threshold point, the insured farmers will be compensated by the insurance company as per the agreed terms.

Objectives

  • For the FY 2019-20, the target is to insure 500,000 farmers in the Punjab. The targets have already been set/decided under Punjab SMART program.

Physical Activities

  • Registration of farmers
  • Selection of insurance company through a competitive bidding process
  • Farmer awareness program utilizing all the available means of communication i.e. Newspaper, Radio, TV, Local cable, SMS, Tehsil Level Seminars, Pamphlet Distribution etc.

Outcome

  • To support the farmers financially to compensate and recover from natural disasters

 

Empowerment of Kissan through Financial and Digital Inclusion (E-Credit)

Overview

A scheme titled “Empowerment of Kissan through Financial and Digital Inclusion” (E-Credit Scheme) was launched in October 2016 for a period of five years upto 2020-21. Through this scheme, interest free loans are being provided to small farmers though two Commercial Banks / Participating Financial Institutions (PFIs) (ZTBL and -NBP) and three Micro Finance Institutions (MFIs) (Telenor Micro Finance Bank, NRSP and Akhuwat Islamic Microfinance). A revolving fund amounting to Rs. 2.00 Billion has been provided to Akhuwat Islamic Microfinance whereas all the remaining PFIs /MFIs arrange their credit lines through their own resources. Farmer’s registration for the scheme is being carried out through PLRA. Interest free loans are being provided amounting to Rs, 30,000/- per acre for Rabi crop and Rs. 40,000/- per acre for Kharif crop. Farmers having land holding upto 12.5 acres. Shall be eligible for interest free financing under the scheme, however, the interest/markup subsidy will be provided upto 5 acres only. The applicant farmer/tenant/sharecropper should be the same union council where the land located. During the current year 2019-20, Rs. 600 million have been allocated for the scheme.

Objectives

  • The primary objective of the scheme is to facilitate the farmer to have a bumper crop,
  • To enable farmers to sell the product at affordable prices,
  • Increase farmers digital literacy
  • Increase overall financial inclusion in the country.
  • To encourage the under-banked and non-banked farmers into the banking network, therefore around 70% of the loan is to be disbursed to the famers having no previous credit history.

Outcomes

  • Financial Intervention
    To update the living standard of farming community and to alleviate the poverty, up till now, a total No. of 470,810 of farmers have been registered by PLRA under the E-Credit Scheme. Moreover, a Total of 916,768 Nos.of loans have been disbursed to small farmers of Punjab amounting to Rs. 61.99 Billion by PFIs. Government of the Punjab has paid a subsidy of Rs, 5.522 Billion (Including Rs, 2 Billion including Revolving Fund given to Akhuwat Islamic Microfinance).
  • Digital Intervention
    To increase digital literacy among the farmers community, providing them real time weather updates, pesticides warning, pest crop practices, subject matter expert advice etc. GoPunjab has provided 78,677 No. of subsidized Smart phones along with 10 Agri. mobile Apps, to the loanee farmers. The remaining. 31,323 Nos. of handsets will be disbursed later on.

 

Subsidy of Fertilizers and Seeds

E-Voucher Based Fertilizer Subsidy

  • Phosphate and potassic fertilizers subsidy on DAP, NP, SSP, SOP, MOP and NPK fertilizers @ 500, 200, 200, 800, 500 and 300 per 50Kg bag.
  • A voucher has been provided in each fertilizer bag, the registered farmers of Punjab can get subsidy by sending hidden voucher No. along with CNIC to the short code 8070 and can collect subsidy from the designated Branchless Banking Operator franchise.
  • The use of phosphatic and potash fertilizers was decreasing due to their high prices and the balanced use of fertilizers was not being observed. As such direct subsidy scheme initiative has been taken in Punjab so that the farmers can get benefit from the subsidy and improve NPK ratio of fertilizer use.
  • It will lead to higher yield and better profits for the farmers of Punjab.

E-Voucher Based Cotton Seed Subsidy

  • Cotton seed subsidy has been provided in cotton growing division of Multan, D G Khan and Bahawalpur.
  • The subsidy has been provided on selected and certified cotton seed varieties @ 1000/- per bag (6Kg Delinted and 10Kg Fuzzy Seed). One farmer was given subsidy on two bags of certified cotton seed.
  • A subsidy voucher has been provided in subsidized cotton seed bags and farmers can get subsidy by sending hidden code along with CNIC to short code 8070 and can collect subsidy from BBO.
  • The use of certified cotton seed varieties has also been promoted by providing subsidy on cotton seed for better crop yield.

Potash Subsidy Scheme 2018-19

The Potash Subsidy Scheme was launched by Agriculture Department in FY 2018-19 with an allocated budget of 134 Million PKR. Under the scheme subsidy was provided on potash fertilizers (SOP, MOP & NPKs) to the registered farmers throughout the Punjab via E-vouchers pasted on fertilizers bags.

Objectives

  • To promote the use of potash fertilizers
  • To enhance the productivity of crops by addition of fertilizers.

Outcomes

  • The usage of the Potash fertilizer (SOP & MOP), by the farmers, increased in the province due to the subsidy available on the fertilizer bags.

 

Subsidy on Gram

Overview

Gram is the largest Rabi pulses crop accounting for 76% of the total production of pulses in the country and it occupies about 5 percent of the crop area. Punjab produces more than 80% of overall production in the country. Generally, the farmer uses un-certified seed due to which production and yield suffers. Therefore, Agriculture Department launched a subsidy scheme for provision of certified seed to the farmers through registered seed companies of FSC&RD. The aim of this scheme is to increase the per acre yield of Gram through promotion of certified and healthy seed. Rs. 2000 per acre will be paid to the farmers to use certified seed through e-vouchers. This scheme is for main Gram producing districts i.e. Bhakkar, Mianwali, Khushab, Sargodha, Muzaffargarh, Layyah, Rajanpur, Dera Ghazi Khan, Jhang, Bahawalnagar, Chakwal and Attock.

Objectives

  • Main objective of agriculture sector is to increase productivity/ production.
  • Promotion of Gram cultivation, production and make the province
    self-sufficient.
  • Promotion of certified seed.
  • Increase the income of the farmer.

Outcomes

  • Self-sufficiency in Gram Production.
  • The price of Gram will be maintained at certain level that will keep price in the reach of common man.
  • Increase income of farmers.

 

Pilot Testing of Innovative Technologies to Improve Water Use Efficiency

Overview

The government's vision for agriculture sector, alongwith other initiatives, encompasses water conservation and water productivity through enhancing water use efficiency by using soil moisture monitoring gadgets. The proposed project aims at evaluation of climate smart interventions and their demonstration for enhancing the water use efficiency at farm level vis-à-vis improving water productivity and crop yield. Enhancing water use efficiency will significantly contribute towards improving the water productivity and resultantly trigger the growth of rural economy.

Objectives

  • Enhance water use efficiency (WUE) of flood irrigation method by using soil moisture gadgets, Alternate Wetting and Drying (AWD) method and Direct Seeding Rice (DSR) technique
  • To calibrate and demonstrate the impact of soil moisture gadgets on improving water productivity as compared to conventional method of irrigation scheduling
  • To indigenize/ standardize the soil moisture monitoring gadgets under local environment
  • Capacity development of the professionals and farmers for enhancing WUE through different innovative techniques

Outcomes

  • Saves water upto 35 percent
  • Increases yield  by 8 percent
  • Reduces energy use upto 35 percent
  • Improves produce qquality
  • Curtails nutrients cost

 

Oilseed Crops Promotion

Overview

The Oilseed Promotion Programme has launched by Agriculture Department for the year 2019-20 to 2023-24 with an allocated budget of 5490.00 Million PKR. Under the scheme subsidy was provided on Canola, Sunflower andSesame to the registered farmers throughout Punjab via E-vouchers pasted on Canola, Sunflower and Sesame bags.

Objectives

  • To promote the use of Oil Seed Crops
  • To enhance the productivity of Oil seed crops in Pakistan.

Outcomes

  • The subsidy will be given on Canola, Sunflower and Sesame seed to the farmers to enhance the production of these crops.  

 

Farm Machinery & Implements

Overview

Farm machinery including tractors and implements, used in farming to save labour and time. Farm machines include a great variety of devices with a wide range of complexity: from simple hand-held implements to the complex harvesters. Agricultural machinery is of special importance in increasing agriculture yields and production as it improves the quality of work, enables carrying out work on schedule and reduces labor. Agricultural Mechanization Research Institute (AMRI), Multan is undertaking R&D for low cost & appropriate agricultural machinery and farm mechanization technologies. The institute is providing industrial extension service to the local agricultural machinery manufactures for production of standardized and quality machinery and implements. It also provides technical assistance to other government departments for selection and procurement of agricultural machinery & equipment.

Activities

For every activity, there is separate section for all the procedures/activities performed by the institute:

  • Design & Development
  • Fabrication & Workshop
  • Test and Trial
  • Agronomy
  • Instrumentation Section
  • Experimental Research Farm
  • Testing Laboratory
  • Farm Machinery and Equipment Display
  • Technical Manuals of Farm Machinery

Objectives

  • It is a facility for farmers to save labour and time
  • Important in increasing agriculture yields and production as it improves the quality of work, enables carrying out work on schedule and reduces labor.

Outcome

  • To increase crops yield and production using Farm Machinery.

 

Strengthening Markets for Agriculture and Rural Transformation (SMART) Punjab Program

Overview

The Strengthening Markets for Agriculture and Rural Transformation (SMART) Punjab is a World Bank assisted Five Years (2018-23) loan program with the twin goals of ending extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity. The US$300 million provided by the PforR by World Bank will co-finance a much larger government Program of US$1.59 billion. Progress is being measured through 12 disbursement linked indicators (DLIs), each involving one or more specific actions required for agricultural and rural transformation in Punjab. DLIs related to Agriculture Department are as follows:

  • DLI 1. Improving access to quality farm inputs.
  • DLI 2. Revitalizing provincial crop and livestock research and extension systems.
  • DLI 4. Transitioning to High Value Agriculture (HVA).
  • DLI 5. Providing incentives to agribusiness for investment in value addition and agricultural technology.
  • DLI 7. Modernizing agricultural markets.
  • DLI 10. Rolling-out an agricultural insurance system.
  • DLI 11. Increasing public investment in Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA).
  • DLI 12. Communication, beneficiary feedback, capacity building and monitoring & evaluation.

Objective(s)

  • To increase the productivity of crop and livestock farmers, improve their climate resilience, and foster agribusiness development in Punjab

Outcomes

  • Increased on-farm productivity and value of crops and livestock
  • Increased value addition and competitiveness of crops and livestock
  • Enhanced resilience of smallholder farmers to climate change and natural disasters

 

Drive against Adulteration of Agri. Inputs

Overview

Quality and Prices of Fertilizers and Pesticides has always been an area of concern for the farmers as well as for the Government. With a view to provide quality inputs to the farmers at notified prices, Chief Minister’s Task Force on Fertilizers & Pesticides was constituted in the year 1996.

Quality and Price Control system has been named as Zero-Cost Fertilizers & Pesticides Quality and Price Control System. Zero-Cost Quality and Price Control System proved instrumental in launching the largest anti-adulteration and anti-profiteering campaign in the history of Agriculture Department, Punjab. It can serve as a model system for resolving the issues of quality and prices at the District level. I hope it would prove a very beneficial tool for all stakeholders of the Agriculture Sector.

Outcomes

Quality and Price Control system has yielded unprecedented results in the history of the Agriculture Department in the domain of the quality and price control of Fertilizers and Pesticides. The outcome of the initial three months are as under:

  1. 14 factories/units manufacturing fake fertilisers and pesticides across the Punjab unearthed;manufacturers arrested and sent to jail. Products confiscated. 
  2. Fake fertilisers/pesticides worth more than 170 million confiscated.
  3. More than 23 million fines imposed on profiteers. 
  4. More than 650 FIR’s registered. 
  5. Around three hundred persons arrested on spot. 

 

Crops Productivity Enhancement

 

MAJOR CROPS IN PUNJAB (RABI & KHARIF DATA)

YEAR

WHEAT

COTTON

RICE

SUGARCANE

MAIZE

Area

(M.Acre)

Production

(M. tons)

Area

(M.Acre)

Production

(M. tons)

Area

(M.Acre)

Production

(M. tons)

Area

(M.Acre)

Production

(M. tons)

Area

(M.Acre)

Production

(M. tons)

2013-14

17.054

19.739

5.434

9.145

4.470

3.481

1.870

43.704

1.603

3.719

2014-15

16.500

19.500

6.000

10.500

4.743

3.500

1.853

43.012

1.380

3.090

2015-16

17.085

19.526

5.542

6.343

4.399

3.502

1.743

41.968

1.194

2.531

2016-17

16.680

20.114

4.388

6.903

4.291

3.475

1.922

49.613

1.535

3.373

2017-18

15.780

19.701

5.073

8.077

4.549

3.898

2.123

55.067

1.238

2.962

2018-19

16.165

18.589

4.812

7.116

4.954

3.992

1.811

68.80

1.312

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YEAR

OILSEED CROPS

(Canola, Sarsoon, Toriya, Raya)

SUNFLOWER

Area

(M.Acre)

Production

(M. tons)

Area

(M.Acre)

Production

(M. tons)

2013-14

3.742

14.67

0.067

0.054

2014-15

3.605

13.99

0.054

0.037

2015-16

3.230

12.68

0.039

0.031

2016-17

2.962

12.05

0.048

0.036

2017-18

3.558

18.88

0.104

0.081

2018-19

4.758 (1stEstt)

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